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  • American Kompromat

  • How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery
  • Geschrieben von: Craig Unger
  • Gesprochen von: Jason Culp
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 24 Min.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Kategorien: Biografien & Erinnerungen, True Crime
  • 4,2 out of 5 stars (5 Bewertungen)

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    Kompromat n. - Russian for "compromising information"

    This is a story of dirty secrets and the most powerful people in the world.

    Craig Unger’s new book, American Kompromat, tells of the spies and salacious events underpinning men’s reputations and riches. It tells how a relatively insignificant targeting operation by the KGB’s New York rezidentura (New York Station) more than 40 years ago - an attempt to recruit an influential businessman as a new asset - triggered a sequence of intelligence protocols that morphed into the greatest intelligence bonanza in history. And it tells of a coterie of associates, reaching all the way into the office of the attorney general, who stood to advance power and themselves.

    Based on extensive, exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources - Soviets who resigned from the KGB and moved to the United States, former officers in the CIA, FBI counterintelligence agents, lawyers at white-shoe Washington firms - and analysis of thousands of pages of FBI investigations, police investigations, and news articles in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, American Kompromat shows that something much more sinister and important has been taking place than the public could ever imagine: namely, that from Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed them into potent weapons. 

    Was Donald Trump a Russian asset? Just how compromised was he? And how could such an audacious feat have been accomplished? American Kompromat is situated in the ongoing context of the Trump-Russia scandal and the new era of hybrid warfare, kleptocrats, and authoritarian right-wing populism it helped accelerate. To answer these questions and more, Craig Unger reports, is to understand kompromat - operations that amassed compromising information on the richest and most powerful men on earth, and that leveraged power by appealing to what is for some the most prized possession of all: their vanity.

    ©2021 Craig Unger (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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    Who were the puppet masters behind Trump?

    During the past 5 years I have read/listenend to most of what appeared to be reliable books about Trump. I have also read Relentless Pursuit by Bradley J. Edwards, the attorney, who represented some of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein. I have read several books about Putin, his methods, his ties to the mafia etc.
    Still, Craig Unger’s American Kompromat has insights to offer that go beyond all these other books. His angle is the question what someone might have on Trump to exercise a powerful influence upon his politics and personal attitudes. How come Trump is so obviously on the side of Putin’s interests? How was it possible that Jeffrey Epstein’s proven paedophile crimes, were exchanged for a minor charge in an illegal, clandestine plea bargain in 2008? What was on Epstein’s secret video documentations of his many famous guests and their encounters with underage girls on Epstein’s yacht, Epstein’s island, Epstein’s mansions? Why did William Barr confirm Epstein’s prison suicide in spite of numerous discrepancies? What motivated William Barr to support Trump in his attempts to demolish the American democracy? These and other questions are convincingly answered in this well-researched, thoroughly documented account that spans 40 years of Trump’s life until the period of his denial of Biden’s election to the presidency. It does not contain anything about the riots at the Capitol. That must have happened when the text had already gone into print.
    I found it very worthwhile to add this book to my sources in order to understand what makes Trump tick. Even with him gone now, the protagonists that enabled and/or controlled him are still around, doing their dirty work in new directions. More than ever, it is important to look at the bigger picture and Craig Unger offers us a front seat.